Bulgarian brothers deny killing Greek-Australian John Macris in court testimony


Two Bulgarian nationals charged with the murder of 46-year-old Greek-Australian businessman John Macris denied any involvement in the case after completing their testimony in court on Thursday.

Yuliyanov J Raychev Serafim was accused of killing the Greek Australian in the southern Athenian suburb of Voula in October 2018, where Macris was shot at close-range outside his home.

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Serafim’s brother Milen Raychev is accused of driving the Nissan Pulsar getaway car, after allegedly stalking Macris for 19 days before the shooting.

The brothers have denied the charges saying they came to Greece in October 2018 on a business trip.

“We are accused of killing a man we did not know, neither him nor his family. My brother and I are not capable of committing such a crime,” one of the defendants told the judges.

CCTV footage of the shooting shows a man wearing clothes similar to those found in Serafim’s hotel room, along with a receipt.

Viktoria Karida, the widow of slain Sydney businessman John Macris, gave evidence at an Athens court at her husband’s murder trial. Photo: Nine News

The court adjourned until next Tuesday, when the prosecutor will recommend a guilty or not guilty verdict.

Viktoria Karida, the mother of two of Macris’ children, attended the court proceeding at Athens court in July, saying:

“I have nothing to say to them … My children are crying and asking for their father.”

The former Playboy model has also stated that her children Alexandra and Achilles had found out how their father was killed by watching it on YouTube.




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